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10 November 2009 @ 09:46 pm
Ross Brawn has enjoyed a few classics seasons in his time. After winning six constructors' championships with Ferrari, he took a sabbatical before returning with Honda. But when the Japanese manufacturer decided to bid farewell to Formula One racing at the end of last year, Brawn's dream of making it back to the top looked over.

Instead of wallowing, the Briton set about using his impressive talents to save the Brackley team. He'd already built a beauty of a car, and having stuck his own name on the two BGP001s, saw his team rise from the ashes to take two titles. It's the stuff of fairytales. Here he reviews his - and Brawn GP's - 2009 season

Read the interview here
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10 November 2009 @ 09:44 pm

With the Formula 1 season finished, BBC Sport will bring you a regular round-up of the gossip in newspapers and on specialist websites around the world.

Sebastian Vettel has this week given another sign that Red Bull is staying with Renault power for next season. Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, meanwhile, reports talks about a takeover of Renault's F1 engine division between the carmaker and Mario Illien.
Full story: F1-live.com

Everyone in F1 circles knows that Virgin is planning to launch its own Virgin F1 operation in 2010, based on the entry being created at the moment by Manor. Virgin people have been kicking around the paddock for months and seem to be surprised that people have spotted them and figured out what is happening.
Full story: grandprix.com

Bruno Senna, who will make his Formula 1 debut with new team Campos Racing next year, insists he is not a pay driver.
Full story: F1-live.com and crash.net

According to Senna, Campos's car has already passed the mandatory frontal and lateral crash tests. "Of the new teams, Campos' car is the most progressed," he told Brazil's Radio Bandeirantes.
Full story: paddocktalk.com

Reports in the German press say it is possible David Coulthard is coming out of retirement to race a Mercedes-Benz in the DTM touring car series.
Full story: F1-live.com

The world's major car manufacturers will return to Formula 1 in the future, according to Brawn team boss Ross Brawn.
Full story: autosport.com

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner is confident that the outfit will be a contender for the world championship next year despite many expecting the "natural order" to be restored with McLaren and Ferrari at the front.
Full story: autosport.com
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13 October 2009 @ 10:36 pm

Silverstone has hosted the British Grand Prix continuously since 1987

Silverstone may be handed a new long-term contract to host the British Grand Prix as doubts increase over Donington Park's capacity to stage the 2010 race.

Donington boss Simon Gillett said on Monday he had been given another two weeks to provide financial guarantees.
But Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone denied that amounts to a new deadline.
"We haven't decided to give Gillett another deadline at all. We have informed him he is in breach of contract," he told the Daily Telegraph.
"The contract which we have gives him 14 days to remedy the breach. Most business contracts are like that."
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13 October 2009 @ 10:18 pm


Brawn GP driver Rubens Barrichello
Barrichello is in his 17th season in Formula 1

Brawn GP driver Rubens Barrichello has admitted he has opened negotiations with Williams as he seeks to secure a Formula 1 drive for next season.

The Brazilian said Williams are among a number of options available to him.
"I haven't signed with anybody yet, but it's true that I'm talking with Williams and Brawn," he said.
The 37-year-old is 14 points behind Brawn team-mate Jenson Button in the drivers' world championship with two races remaining in the 2009 season.
Barrichello is preparing for the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos, his home circuit where he is yet to win a race, on 18 October.
Following a six-year spell at Ferrari, Barrichello joined Honda in 2005 and was retained by new team Brawn GP when the Japanese team withdrew from Formula 1 in December 2008.
He remains the most experienced F1 driver with 286 races in 17 seasons but has yet to win the world championship.

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07 October 2009 @ 04:41 pm
Massa targets return in Abu Dhabi
Felipe Massa
Massa is still showing visible signs of his crash

Ferrari's Felipe Massa says he could return to action at the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi on 1 November.
Massa suffered a fractured skull in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix in July but has ruled out a return at the next race in his native Brazil.

"It would be too close to the limit," he told newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
"We'll see for Abu Dhabi, we'll need the FIA's authorisation. I remember how to drive, my worry's not to get a good lap time, just to run again."
more over here!

What happens to Fisichella then?
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07 October 2009 @ 04:37 pm
Did we see this coming? Renault confirmed today that he will be joining the team for 2010.

The Pole, 24, will replace the team's two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, who moves to Ferrari.
"I am highly motivated and optimistic that we can be at the front of the grid next year and hopefully fighting for the world title," said Kubica.
Renault team principal Bob Bell added: "He is one of the most naturally talented drivers of his generation and it is great to have him next season."

More here
07 October 2009 @ 04:34 pm


Ross and Jenson took time out of their busy schedules in Japan last week to make a pit stop at Bridgestone’s Technical Centre in Tokyo to meet, greet and motivate factory staff and tyre engineers.
Current Location: United Kingdom, London

Suzuka debrief with Toyota's Jarno Trulli
Jarno Trulli was in high spirits on Sunday after taking Toyota’s second consecutive podium finish at this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix. Here Trulli reviews the Suzuka event and looks ahead to the forthcoming Brazilian race…

Post-Suzuka Q&A with McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton
Third place might have been second were it not for a rare KERS glitch, but another podium was a great result for Lewis Hamilton and McLaren in Japan. It puts Hamilton within two points of Kimi Raikkonen for fifth place in the drivers’ table, and the team within two of Ferrari for third in the constructors’. Now the champion is hoping the MP4-24 can surprise again in Brazil, as he explained to his official website…
More here.

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06 October 2009 @ 06:52 pm
Pretty much every week, sports presenter and now specifically F1 presenter, Jake Humphrey blogs about his experiences before, during and after the race. The blog is very amusing, and I personally love it.

This week's post is obviously about his time at Sazuka, check it out here!
Here's a sneak preview:
I'm writing this blog while rumbling along the road between Suzuka and Osaka.
This current trip seems to be going on forever. From Singapore to Japan - and now we're going to Abu Dhabi via China to film Martin Brundle and David Coulthard zipping around the new Yas Marina circuit in a two-seater F1 car.

You can also follow him on twitter and be sure to check out the rest of his blog here.
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06 October 2009 @ 06:47 pm
F1's Martin Brundle's view on the championships, interesting!

Needing only a fifth place or better in the last two races to clinch the world title suggests Jenson Button should comfortably take it now. Having said that, even fifth has looked unlikely over these past weeks in back-to-back races.

The rest here

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